Papers, Leaves, and Formulas of Buddha Nature: Kanō Kazuo at the University of Toronto and McMaster University

By Annie Heckman and Julian Butterfield. On March 2, 2017, Professor Kanō Kazuo, Koyasan University, visited the University of Toronto as part of the Numata Buddhist Studies Program lecture series. In Dr. Kanō’s presentation, entitled “Papers and Leaves—Legacy of Indian Buddhists in Tibet and Tibetan Translators in India,” he shared images of rare manuscripts from [...]


Vinaya Studies at the 18th Congress of IABS, in Toronto

Studies of Buddhist monastic literature (vinaya) were in full swing at the 18th congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS). This should not surprise anyone familiar with the current academic climate within Buddhist studies in the province of Ontario. This year, IABS took place in Toronto, Ontario from August 20th–25th. Having hosted a [...]

Hyecho’s Journey: A Reflection on the 2017 Inaugural Public Lecture by Professor Donald Lopez at the University of Toronto

On the 17th of April, 2017, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies at the University of Toronto hosted its inaugural public lecture. The speaker was Professor Donald S. Lopez Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at [...]

A Reflection on Dr. James Robson’s Public Lecture on Meditation, Mindfulness and Mental Health at Emmanuel College

After reading the title of Dr. Robson's lecture, "A Crazy History of Buddhism: On Buddhist Mental Institutions and Meditation / Mindfulness," I anticipated a very interesting evening. Indeed, Dr. Robson did not disappoint his audience. Dr. Robson is the James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His [...]

Drokpa Screening at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto

Filmmaker Yan Chun Su visited the University of Toronto’s Centre for Buddhist Studies on 28 February 2017 to introduce her film Drokpa, a moving visual account of her extended stay with a nomadic family on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. With minimal stylistic interventions from the filmmaker—names on the screen for the main subjects, music only [...]

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The Birth of Insight and “Crossing the Dharmascape”: Professor Erik Braun’s Visit to Toronto and Hamilton

On January 26th and 27th, Professor Erik Braun visited the University of Toronto and McMaster University as a warmly welcomed Numata speaker, meeting with students, leading a reading group, and delivering a public lecture. In Toronto first, the Associate Professor from the University of Virginia led a reading group on the fifth and sixth chapters [...]

A Reflection on Dr. Asuka Sango’s Yehan Numata Lecture at the University of Toronto, December 1 2016

A write-up of Dr. Sango's lecture on Medieval Japanese Buddhism at University of Toronto.

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program Lecture Series, 2016-2017 Schedule

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Program in Buddhist Studies hosts an annual lecture series that invites Buddhist Studies scholars from around the globe to Southern Ontario for public lectures and reading groups at both University of Toronto and McMaster University. A uniquely collaborative Buddhist Studies program between the two universities, this program offers [...]

Thoughts on UofT’s Department for the Study of Religion Buddhist Studies Numata Reading Group with Dr. Costantino Moretti

On February 11, 2016, the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto welcomed our second Numata Reading Group guest and scholar of the 2015/2016 year, Dr. Costantino Moretti of the École Pratique des Hautes Études, in a reading and discussion of his recent work: “Preta Categories in a 6th Century Buddhist [...]

Reflection on Dr. Stuart Young’s lecture “Constructing Indian Identity in Medieval China”

Marking the inaugural event of the University of Toronto/McMaster University Numata Buddhist Studies Program 2015-2016, Professor Stuart Young from Bucknell University delivered the lecture entitled “Constructing Indian Identity in Medieval China” at the Department of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto on December 3, 2015. Speaking to a group of audience members that included [...]